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ERIC Number: ED507840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
Leveling the Field on Math and Science Tests for Students with Learning Disabilities. R&D Connections. Number 12
Stone, Elizabeth; Cook, Linda
Educational Testing Service
Research studies have shown that a smaller percentage of students with learning disabilities participate in state assessments than do their peers without learning disabilities. Furthermore, there is almost always a performance gap between these groups of students on these assessments. It is important to evaluate whether a performance gap on a state test is truly due to differences in proficiency or whether there are obstacles irrelevant to what the test is supposed to measure that are preventing students with disabilities from demonstrating the full extent of their knowledge. In this paper, the authors discuss some research that has taken place involving the issues of participation and proficiency. The paper also provides examples of some of the work that Educational Testing Service (ETS) has done to examine validity and fairness issues related to scores on state standards-based math and science tests administered to students with learning disabilities.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service